2017 OBSIDIAN RIDGE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Some of the most concentrated and expressive Cabernet Sauvignons for your dollar, come from the Northern Mayacamas Mountain range in the Red Hills AVA. The area’s dramatic elevation, combined with well-drained, red volcanic soils rich in black obsidian, quartz crystals, and volcanic gravel content, help produce remarkably powerful fruit. One of the paragons in the region is Obsidian Ridge, and at $33, you’ve got to taste it to believe it.
Obsidian Ridge’s stunning Estate Vineyard ranges from 2300 to 2640 feet in elevation, and they occasionally get a dusting of snow in the winter. The 2017 vintage is an idyllic expression of Mountain Cabernet with a dense core of concentrated blackberries, crushed granite, white flowers, and black coffee.
The winery ages their wines solely in Tokaj oak, from their cooperage in Kadar Hungry. Tokaj’s remote forests are one of the few regions in the world to exclusively grow Quercus petraea, the densest and tightest-grained oak in all of Europe. It adds an intriguing element of spice to the wine. If you love full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons at a realistic price, Obsidian Ridge should be at the top of your list.
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